The Worlds most innovative chess tournament

Altibox Norway Chess has in only a matter of a few years grown to be one of the world’s strongest chess tournaments. It has proven to be a world-class event that is host to 10 of the top chess players in the world, including World Chess Champion: Magnus Carlsen.

Altibox Norway Chess has had all top 13 all-time-high ranked players take part in the tournament in Stavanger, including retired chess-champion, Garry Kasparov as guest of honor.
Norway Chess is the Wimbledon of chess” – Garry Kasparov.

Altibox Norway Chess are one of the few chess tournament in the world that are making a huge effort into commercializing chess in order to reach new audiences and to make it extremely attractive to sponsors. Altibox Norway Chess are looking for corporations that want to be associated with strategy, intelligence and precision – some of the key values of Altibox Norway Chess.

Altibox Norway Chess School

Chess promotes intellectual skills such as problem solving, logical thinking, pattern recognition and concentration. It can boosts self-esteem and it teaches children to think ahead and learn the consequences of their actions. Involvement of children and youth is an important part of Altibox Norway Chess’ strategy to be a socially responsible business. A school-teams tournament for children is annually held during the super tournament with participation from children all over Norway. The goal is to make it an international event with children from all over the world. Chess education in schools has been given over 2200 children in the local area free of charge.

The Norway Summit Conference
Norway Summit capitalizes on the unique network of Norway Chess to create an international arena focused on knowledge sharing and disruptive thinking.

The Norway Summit conference aims to create drive and innovation. Norway Summit targets participation from the very top of Norwegian business management as well as from academia and entrepreneurs.

The conference will take place for the third time on June 5, 2018.
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The Altibox Norway Chess Board


Kjell Madland

Kjell Madland is District Manager at GK inneklima (GK indoor climate). He has been in the private business sector many years, including as General Manager of Jadarhus Gjesdal, Regional Manager of Norema, and General Manager of Bryne soccer club, whereas 4 years in the top league. He was 22-years old when he first became an entrepreneur and founded his own construction company and through that learned a lot about how to run, develop and do business marketing. He has also been on numerous boards of directors. During his time in the soccer industry he built a large network both regionally, nationally and partly internationally. Experiences, leadership and networks from different industries have provided a good starting point when the strategy and concept of Norway Chess was developed and implemented. Kjell is the founder and chairman of Altibox Norway Chess and has worked hard to make the project evolve from the beginning to become the world’s strongest chess tournament. He is also the founder and chairman of the Norway Summit conference, which is an exciting, newly developed business conference, which is part of Altibox Norway Chess. He developed his interest in chess through his son Kristoffer, who has achieved great results in chess in Norway and in the Nordic region.

Frode Sømme

Frode Sømme is the owner and manager of Global Office, a company that sets up and operates IT solutions for companies. He has many years of experience within the field. He started his IT career in Saga Petroleum in 1995, where he was responsible for the development and operation of home office solutions for the entire company. When Saga was sold, he continued with IT operations in Global Office / Network Specialist. The company was later merged with Alliance and then Evry. After years of responsibility for IT operations for several companies in many industries, he has gained a broad knowledge and understanding of the subject. Frode is responsible for the technical solution of Altibox Norway Chess, that delivers all images to international broadcast and national television. Frode has been part of Norway Chess almost since the very start. He is also a board member at Norway Summit and some other companies.

Benedicte Westre Skog

Benedicte Westre Skog is a social entrepreneur and holds an Master of Science in International Development. Benedicte has studied in a number of countries, including Canada, India, Mexico and the Netherlands. She has experience from project work from various organizations and now has her own non-profit organization named Argan Care. She spends a lot of her free time on this organization, which has been the driving force of initiating the planting of thousands of Argan trees in Morocco. The planting of trees has long-term effects for the locals, creating jobs and opportunities the locals otherwise would not have. She returned to Norway in 2013 after many years abroad. She is committed to non-profit sustainable development, besides her daily work in the private sector. Her experience in organizational work and her deep understanding of different cultures and countries led her to Norway Chess in early 2015 when she joined the board. She has since January 2016 been working full time for Altibox Norway Chess. Benedicte is also the Managing Director of Norway Summit and has a great influence in creating the concept.